An exclusive Victory Tours Experience in conjunction with the Gibraltar National Museum.
The Battery covers the entrance to Rosia Bay, which is Gibraltar’s only natural harbour. Defending this area had been identified as a key element in defending Gibraltar from invasions throughout the years.
The Battery has played key roles in several parts of Gibraltarian history.
In the 1700s cannons which could destroy ships were placed on the Battery in order to defend Gibraltar, especially during the Great Siege.
As warfare has advanced throughout history, Parsons Lodge Battery also had to update its defences and weaponry.
The Cannons and weaponry on the Battery had been updated as threats of invasion increased and as time went on.
During the 1800s, new elaborate guns were added to the Battery, weighing at around 18 tonnes, which could reach further distances, making it easier to defend the important area that is Rosia bay.
Searchlights were also added to Parson’s Lodge, which became very useful during WW1 and WW2, the searchlights could reach 200million Candle power.
WW2 saw anti-aircraft and anti-tank guns placed in the Battery as fears of Operation Felix grew. It is believed that these guns fired in anger several times because there were several air raid attempts in Gibraltar.
- 28th September
- 26th October
- 2nd November
- 9th November
- 16th November
- 23rd November
- 30th November
- 7th December
- 14th December
None: the site is reasonably accessible, but steep in places. The site is accessible in the rain, with care. Trainers or decent walking shoes recommended.